For all of you that have to deal with COLD winters!...

I live in Canada and the winters get mighty cold. Today was the first little bit of snow we got and I'm already dreading the rest of the season. I'm always trying to look for clothes that are fashionably retro yet warm--> which is a very big challenge considering I am always cold and will walk around my apartment in slippers in July.

I was SO excited when the Jeanie tops came back in as I had been on the e-mail waiting list for it for a while. Unfortunately it was quite bad timing with the $$$ so I wasn't able to purchase anything at the time. In fact there were a few items that I had on my wish list I had to postpone. Now November comes and that little bit of extra cash I saved away was waiting to be spent including a Christmas dress from my hubby... but of course EVERYTHING and I do mean everything on my wish list was sold out or was not being made again. I was especially devastated when I received the e-mail that the Jeanie tops would no longer be returning... If I had only purchased them when I could. They would have been perfect for the winter months but that is how the world of PUG fashion goes. Get it while its hot and don't hesitate. Lesson learned!! I decided to be a little impulsive and stock up on a few items this month that I have been admiring for a while (so I don't regret it when they become unavailable) and Mr. Fedex should be giving me a visit next week. They are all beautiful pieces, but will most likely have to have to hibernate for the winter unless I find something suitable to wear with it. So with that said, my question to you ladies out there that do have to live through the colder months, what do you do to keep warm while wearing PUG clothing?? 

Also... if anyone decides they want to sell their Jeanie Lurex tops to moi, please let me know! I'm a size Small ;)

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Comment by Brandi Shuey on November 30, 2012 at 8:21pm

I'm more one for separates mostly because of cost and versatility. Not that I wouldn't want more dresses ;) Winters are the hardest when most days a skirt or dress isn't a viable option. I wear dark jeans and shrugs or cardigans with my PUG tops. I also have this really pretty retro looking knee length coat I bought a few years back. It's black with this sort of a black flock style almost zebra/swirl print on it, and a black faux fur collar. Love it :) I also picked a up some gloves from PUG a couple years ago. Don't think they're on the site anymore, but they're the black 36" long beaded gloves. They're so soft. They have this soft cotton t-shirt feel to them. Not the sort of thing you'd wear for shoveling/playing in snow... but they're nice just to help keep your hands warm in the car or outside for a bit.

Comment by Amanda King on December 1, 2012 at 5:17pm

Thanks, I'll have to look into getting more separates :) I just can't help but have SO many dresses on my wish list haha.  Maybe some cute cigarette pants and a few cute tops paired with a cardigan if needed. I'll have to re write my wish list for the winter... uh oh :| hehe! 

Comment by Amber on December 1, 2012 at 6:38pm

I'll be honest - I live in MN - its gets to below zero temps here (much like Canada) - so I just plain don't wear much for dresses in the winter.  I will if I'm going out to dinner or a party, but to work (or every day wear) I just wear pants.  Not very PUG but I am not a HUGE fan of wearing nylons or tights every day either under dresses.  In the summer when I don't have to wear stockings I wear a dress almost daily. :)

Comment by Amanda King on December 1, 2012 at 6:49pm

I hear you! I feel much more PUG in the spring and summer months. In the fall and winter, I slack on the style a bit as I don't have winter PUG clothing to wear 7 days a week. If I know I don't have to go out too much in one day, I'll wear a skirt or dress but if I know it is going to be a busy day, I just wear some skinny pants and a cute top warm enough to handle the cold. On my bad days, I can be quite unfashionable, but lets face it, sometimes trackers and sweats on a cold snowy night with some hot chocolate is all a girl needs! 

Comment by Viola Von Kitten on December 2, 2012 at 11:30am

I'm in Canada too & here are my advices ! :) 

Wear a longline bra (you can get one at What katie Did & Girdlebound too) because these go all the way down to your waist & they are warm !

You can wear wool tights & even double them if it's super chilly ! I think these can look cute & super retro Or you can double your stockings if you're more of a garterbelt kinda girl :). 

Wear a full slip if you're planning on wearing a skirt or dress. You can get these at more mature clothing stores or vintage shops. It adds a lot of warm & smooth lines of underwear.

If you're wearing a full skirt, wear a petticoat too ! it's one more layer & it looks extra cute !

If you can, get skirts in a wool type fabric... like tartan etc. 

If you wan to wear pants that are still retro style I know Vivien of Holloway as some uber cute 40s swing pants ! They arent tight so you can even wear tights underneath when it's really cold. Freddies of Pinewood jeans are great too !

as for tops... I love sweaters & cardigans ! I have a cute vintage cashemire sweater which is super extra warm & I love to wear cardigans over dresses & tops. Pussybow shirts are great too ! 

The key is layring really... thin stuff you can layer like crazy without looking bulky.

For coat... for canadian winter there's not much you can do to avoid the big coats. Try to find a LONG one that cover your legs down to your knees at the minimum. Warm hats that cover the ears, cashemire scarf & warm gloves.

For shoes, I personnaly wear some Miss L Fire one. No cheap but great quality & vintage inspired designs.

Hope this helps ! :)


Comment by Amanda King on December 2, 2012 at 5:55pm

Thanks Viola for all the wonderful tips! I will definitely have to look around for a lot of the items you mentioned! Then I can be pretty & warm ;) 

Comment by Tahitia Belle Fille on December 4, 2012 at 9:33am

I'm still learning how to work the pinup style myself in the wintertime here in Canada too so all this advice really is handy for me as well. Thank you so much for starting this thread Amanda!

I'd definitely recommend one of the Joanie Tops as a cold weather option from my own experience. They're pretty warm and reasonably priced too. It would really look great with a cardigan sweater over top too I think :)

Comment by Amanda King on December 4, 2012 at 2:35pm

Joanie top is super cute! I just put it on my wish list. Thanks! 
& thank you all for replying to this! It's nice to know there are lots of other PUG's dealing with the challenges of cold & beauty! 


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